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US NJ: N.J. Gets $1.3m Grant To Fight Heroin Addiction And

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 11 Jan 2017 - New Jersey will receive a $1.3 million grant to target the heroin trade and illegal prescription drug activity as law enforcement and legislators team up to lower rates of addiction and overdoses, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. announced Thursday. [photo] A grant from the U.S. Justice Department would target the heroin trade and misuse of prescription drugs.(Photo: RECORD FILE PHOTO)

US NJ: Christie Hopes More Addicts Will Get Treatment Under Trump

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 11 Jan 2017 - [photo] Governor Chris Christie holds a baby boy facing perinatal addiction while the boy's grandmother looks on while he was touring the Jersey Shore Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Neptune, N.J. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. The baby boy is 49 days old and suffers from withdrawal symptoms transferred from his mother who had addiction issues. (Photo: Tim Larsen/Governor's office) With changes to health care among the top priorities for President-elect Donald Trump when he takes office next month, New Jersey is likely to gain greater flexibility in Medicaid and possibly help drug users get access to treatment, Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday.

US NJ: Heroin Busts Come With An Offer Of Detox To Help Break Cycle

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 11 Jan 2017 - One is a former nurse. Another used to be in law enforcement. There were a recruiter and a graphic designer. Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal and Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino at the press conference on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.

US MA: Opioid Death Toll Again Hits Triple Digits In Worcester

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 10 Jan 2017 - WORCESTER - Last year was another rough year in the fight against opioid addiction, and Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. had some numbers to prove it at a forum Monday night at Worcester Technical High School. The district attorney said there were 148 overdose deaths in Worcester County last year, and he cautioned that as toxicology test results come back, that number could still rise. He said for four years that number has been in the triple digits, and said it has impacted the cities and the suburbs. He said that in nearly three quarters of those overdose deaths, the powerful drug fentanyl played a role.

US SC: Child Who Inspired Cannabidiol Law Receives First Doses

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
The State, 10 Jan 2017 - Mary Louise received her first dose of CBD oil Saturday, about four months after the bill allowing children to receive the oil extracted from marijuana was signed into law. The oil helps children like Mary Louise with severe epilepsy control their seizures. It took only a simple phrase to see how Mary Louise Swing's life would improve from cannabidiol.

CN ON: 'Vulnerable' Pot Shops Reluctant To Report Robberies

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Toronto 24hours, 09 Jan 2017 - The "vulnerability" to robbery that medicinal pot shops face is "nothing new," an advocate says in the wake of a violent knife-point holdup in Toronto's west end. Tracy Curley says dispensaries have become marks in a recent "rash" of robberies due to their prohibited "high-value" inventory and she noted many shops are not reporting such crimes to police for fear of being raided.

CN ON: Ontario Agrees To Fund Three Injection Sites In Toronto

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
The Record, 10 Jan 2017 - TORONTO - Ontario is committing to fund three supervised injection sites in Toronto, as the city tries to combat rising numbers of overdose deaths amid a broader opioid crisis. Toronto city council approved the supervised injection sites at existing downtown healthcare facilities during the summer, and six months later the province has confirmed its support for the plan, with an estimated annual cost of $1.6 million and about $400,000 to create the spaces.

CN ON: Anticipating Fentanyl Spread, Ontario To Help Fund Injection

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 10 Jan 2017 - The Ontario government has agreed to help fund three supervised drug-injection sites in Toronto and one in Ottawa as part of an effort to better prepare Canada's most populous province for the eastward spread of illicit fentanyl. Ontario said it is creating a framework to smooth the way for other communities to open supervised-consumption services of their own, while the federal Liberals have promised to knock down legislative barriers erected by Stephen Harper's government, which opposed letting users inject their drugs legally as health-care workers watched.

CN ON: Ontario Agrees To Fund Three Toronto Injection Sites

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 10 Jan 2017 - Ontario is committing to fund three supervised injection sites in Toronto, as the city tries to combat rising numbers of overdose deaths amid a broader opioid crisis. Toronto city council approved the supervised injection sites at existing downtown health-care facilities during the summer, and six months later the province has confirmed its support for the plan, with an estimated annual cost of $1.6 million and about $400,000 to create the spaces.

China: China Refutes Claims Itas A Major Source Of Fentanyl

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 10 Jan 2017 - State-run Chinese media have expressed skepticism that the country is a key source of fentanyl, despite an agreement with the RCMP that was seen as a tacit admission of China's role in fuelling the unfolding overdose crisis in Canada. A Globe and Mail investigation last year revealed how fentanyl is manufactured in China and how easily it is shipped to Canada, and border officials here have intercepted dozens of such shipments.

CN ON: Province To Help Pay For Injection Sites

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 10 Jan 2017 - Top doc supports local drug program Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins supports the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre's request for a supervised injection site and says there will be provincial money available to help set it up.

US MA: Books Detail The How-To's On Cultivating Pot

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 10 Jan 2017 - Massachusetts lawmakers have already shown they're willing to tinker with the marijuana legalization law passed by voters in November. But for now, at least, it's legal for adults 21 and older to grow marijuana plants at home: Six plants per person and 12 per household. (Note: Home growing is legal indoors only in Massachusetts.) Curious about how to get started? The Boston Public Library has a perhaps surprising number of books about pot, including several volumes on home growing. They include:

US MD: Entrepreneurs Announce Plans To Apply To Open A Medical

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 10 Jan 2017 - [photo] SAFED, ISRAEL -- A worker at a cannabis greenhouse at the growing facility of the Tikun Olam company near the northern city of Safed, Israel. (Uriel Sinai / Baltimore Sun) Two Silver Spring-based entrepreneurs said Monday they hope to open a medical marijuana growing and processing plant in Baltimore.

CN BC: Editorial: Consumption Site Is A Call To Action

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 08:00
Nanaimo News Bulletin, 05 Jan 2017 - Opioid overdose deaths didn't suddenly become a crisis, but maybe now the issue will be treated that way. After 25 people in Nanaimo died from using fentanyl in 2016, the need for a supervised consumption site became overwhelming for some observers. An unsanctioned location, supported by one or more city councillors, popped up in the city hall parking lot after Christmas and hasn't been shut down.

US MD: A Federal Prosecutor Takes On The Heroin Scourge That Claimed

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 08 Jan 2017 - [photo] Bruce Brandler is chief federal law enforcement officer for a sprawling judicial district that covers half of Pennsylvania. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press) The phone at Bruce Brandler's home rang at 3:37 a.m. It was the local hospital. His 16-year-old son was there, and he was in really bad shape.

CN ON: Column: Injection Sites Critical To Battling Opioid Crisis 1

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 08:00
The Beacon Herald, 07 Jan 2017 - One of the most important and pressing challenges of 2017 will be Canada's response to opioid addiction. The sheer scale of overdoses from heroin and other opioids has already led British Columbia to declare a public health emergency, and the crisis is sweeping east. Fentanyl has washed over the West Coast like a deadly tsunami. The synthetic opioid can be up to 100 times more potent than morphine. It's not just hardened addicts who are dying. Overdose deaths have spiked among occasional drug users, with fentanyl detected in street drugs ranging from heroin to marijuana.

CN BC: Letter: Fraser Health Working Hard To Address Overdose

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 08:00
Langley Times, 06 Jan 2017 - Editor: In 2016, British Columbians faced the public health emergency that is the overdose crisis. As of Nov. 30, 755 people in our province had died last year due to an overdose - 259 of those deaths occurring in the Fraser Health region.

US FL: Aging And Addicted: The Opioid Epidemic Affects Elderly, Too

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 08:00
Orlando Sentinel, 07 Jan 2017 - [photo] Oxycodone pain pills. It took a lot of convincing for John Evard to go to rehab. Seven days into his stay at the Las Vegas Recovery Center, the nausea and aching muscles of opioid withdrawal were finally beginning to fade.

CN AB: Legalized Marijuana Hurts Youth: Senator

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 08:00
The South Peace News, 04 Jan 2017 - A Canadian Senator with roots in the Peace Country is deeply concerned with the Liberal government's intention to legalize marijuana. "We are clearly headed in the wrong direction and our young people will be the most victimized due to the damage that marijuana causes to a young person's brain development," Senator Betty Unger states in a news release dated Dec. 14.

CN ON: Public Health Looking At Ways To Reduce Needle Risk

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 08:00
Metro, 06 Jan 2017 - Machines may be used to give addicts access to clean supplies Ottawa Public Health is exploring a pilot project that would allow drug users to access clean needles and pipes from a vending machine.

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